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PhD Studentship - Water, Music, and Environmental Beliefs and Behaviours

University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 24th January 2024

Supervisors: Dr. Helen Prior, Dr. Blake Morton, Dr. Matt Barnard, Dr. Mark Slater

Enquiries: watercultures@hull.ac.uk

Project description:

Water features in myriad pieces of music, and has inspired numerous Western composers and creative artists. Works have featured seas (Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture; Björk’s Oceania), rivers (Smetana’s Vltava; Enya’s Oricono Flow), aquatic life (Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals), and floods (Led Zeppelin’s When the Levée Breaks), with recent composers and song writers warning about the impacts of climate change (John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean; Pharrell Williams’ 100 Years). Ecomusicologists and scientists have been studying the sounds of water-based ecosystems, and of water itself (e.g. melting glaciers). But what effect do these musics and sounds have on the listener?

This project will examine how original or existing music focussed on water influences people’s environmental beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. The successful applicant will be based in the University of Hull’s Leverhulme Doctoral Centre for Water Cultures, and will design and conduct empirical studies based on evidence from existing literature. They will compose or identify appropriate musical materials to use as stimuli, gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from participants using a range of psychological research methods, and generate findings suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals. These findings will transform our understanding of music’s potential to help address an area of global concern, namely climate change.

This is a funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. An exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities.

To watch our recent webinar which includes an introduction to this research scholarship click here.

If you have any queries about this project, please address them to watercultures@hull.ac.uk, rather than contacting the supervisor directly. This is to support our inclusive recruitment practices. Our Water Cultures Professional Services Team will liaise with Supervisors and ensure you receive responses to your queries.

Funding:

This PhD scholarship is funded for 48 months, covering fees at the UK rate, a maintenance grant of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate), and a research and training support grant.

Eligibility:

You should have a good first degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Music or Psychology). A Masters in Music, Psychology or Music Psychology would be desirable but not essential. Experience of using empirical methods is essential.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competency. The IELTS requirement is 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill. A table showing the equivalents to IELTS and a list of exceptions are shown on this page: English Language Requirements.

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